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January 31, 2013

Miller's re-election bid gains support

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”He can lead and listen,” Palmer said. “A lot of mayors just lead.”

Long, who said he was “very pleased” about Miller’s intent to seek another term, said the mayor’s ability to identify priorities and to consider diverse views to reach the “best decision” put him among the best mayors with whom he has worked.

“Government really is about building consensus,” said Long, who registered locally last year as an unaffiliated voter. Long said he has worked with about 10 mayors in 32 years of government service.

Michael Lynch, council representative from the Fourth Ward and a Working Families Party member, said the mayor has his “full support.”

Miller did a good job guiding the city through the police department scandal, Lynch said, and through a “massive turnover” of department heads that could have “rocked the city.”

Miller is “very inclusive —  that’s a good instinct to have for a leader,” Lynch said, and differences of opinion don’t carry over among issues and city business.

”I just don’t see how we could do any better,” Lynch said. “He’s earned another term.”

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